England discard Ben Stokes hits form in New Zealand

Updated: Dec 15, 2017, 08:56 IST | AFP

England's Ashes outcast Ben Stokes returned to form in dramatic fashion yesterday, smashing 93 off 47 balls in New Zealand's domestic T20 competition

England's Ashes outcast Ben Stokes returned to form in dramatic fashion yesterday, smashing 93 off 47 balls in New Zealand's domestic T20 competition. Stokes, banned from international duties over an alleged fight outside a nightclub, is seeking to retain match fitness with a stint at New Zealand provincial side Canterbury. He had struggled for runs with only 36 in three one-day outings, but hit a rich vein of form helping Canterbury to 217-9 against Otago. Stokes amassed 93 in 47 balls, including seven sixes and six fours as his side claimed an easy victory.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes
England all-rounder Ben Stokes

Stakes, 26, was unable to join his England teammates for the Ashes in Australia after being barred from international cricket over an alleged fight outside a Bristol nightclub. Meanwhile, England are struggling in Australia, down 2-0 in the series and are staring at another defeat in the third Test that started in Perth yesterday.

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